by DI Si
Bootcamp workouts are great for people who want to lose weight, get in shape, and feel strong and empowered. But, some people are hesitant to try these types of workouts because they are not sure what they should wear or if indeed they need to come with anything - equipment wise!
Read our latest blog to find out what you should wear and other tips and hints for training outdoors.
Generally speaking, you can wear whatever you want. But, there are certain types of clothing and shoes that will allow you to get in a slightly better workout and avoid injury.
No matter what the weather once you start a fitMK workout - one thing is certain you will get hot!! So best keep the temperature in mind when you are choosing your outfit. Shorts and a T-shirt or tank top are great options (for men and women).
In the winter, you may want to dress in layers (a hoodie or training top over your T-shirt, for example) so that you do not overheat. Also bear in mind that we are The Outdoor Gym therefore the ground is our playground this means you may get a little muddy or 'grass worn' stains. If you have a favourite gym top probably best leave it at home and opt for the 2 year old t-shirt you have no problem getting a little down and dirty with.
Boot Camp workouts do often involve a lot of running, but running specific shoes are not necessarily the best shoes to wear to fitMK.
This is because, in addition to running, you may also be doing strength moves like squats and deadlifts. For these exercises, running shoes can be too cushioned and not be the best for your balance.
We would recommend a good cross training pair of shoes that give you support but also flexibility HOWEVER the important thing is it has to work for you. If you go along to our local trainer shoe shops Up and Running and Sweatshop - they will be able to advise you and also give you a little bit of discount for being a fitMK member ;-)
Don't get the most expensive as that doesn't mean you are getting the best for this type of training.
Accessories are totally optional for fitMK, but they can complement your training. Some that you might want to consider include:
You may also want to invest in a foam roller and/or massage ball. Bootcamp workouts are notorious for leaving your muscles feeling sore and tight, and these tools can come in handy when you need to work out muscle knots and get rid of tension.